Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Living Room

Today I want to take you around my living room. My style is very English Country, with an accent on the equestrian aspect.  I love horses, though I haven't ridden in years.  I have lots of hunt scenes. 

Here is my beloved antique secretaire in a little niche next to the fireplace.

And the pictures above it. (And Tessa, my cat who lives on the mantel because Muppet the Yorkie drives her nuts!)

Because this room is mainly my husband's "man cave", I tried to give the room a gentleman's club feel, with more masculine touches such as this leather chair.  (And the "Boo" pillow.)

I also tried to camouflage his first love, the tv, with my "stuff".  (Didn't work, did it?)

I have lots of stuff - I'm not very good at paring down.

And I love it all.  I guess that's why I'm so partial to English Country; my style is very busy and cluttered like that.

 Here we have the only source of  natural light in the living room, a very offset window that faces south and is blocked by the garage's shadow in the afternoon.  In an attempt to brighten the room up, I painted it sunshine yellow.  It really isn't as bright as it appears in the pictures, but it's a very happy color.

The room has an unusual layout.  The sofa faces the tv wall and pretty much ignores the mantel.  (Notice the indented pillow where Muppet sleeps soundly through all of Mom's nonsense.)

You can see from the indented pillow on the other end of the sofa that Muppet often sleeps there too.

The butler's tray table (with a cleared space on the bottom left so the king can put his feet up - after all, it's his castle)

My hutch

Full of stuff, of course

I recently recovered this chair, and it may be my favorite thing in the living room now.

Guess you can tell I love color!  I tried more "natural" colors in here - latte, off white, cream.  But the room just seemed to fade into nothingness, given the lack of light.

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  1. So much pretty color and lovely pieces. That hutch is my favorite...just stunning! :)

  2. Wonderful furniture, I love that secretary! Gorgeous colors! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF!

  3. I love all the plaid/tartan you have sprinkled around the room. And, I'm in love with the large candlesticks on the mantel. Great tour.

  4. Good Morning Jacki, I love colour myself and love the colour yellow on walls.
    Talking of loving, I do love your chair with the nesting birds material.... it looks so comfortable.
    We had a little King Charles Spaniel who was part of our life for 14 years, so it was so nice to see your pictures of King Charles Spaniels.
    Your home is a delight, with so many interesting things to see.
    Best Wishes to you,

  5. Wonderful room, I love it all. You did a great job with your man cave! The room looks very warm, love the color and texture.

  6. You're so talented! Hopefully some of your interior design skills have rubbed off on me after all these years. :)

  7. Very pretty warm and inviting. Love the hutch! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from BNOP

  8. Your hubby's "man cave" is so handsome. LOVE all the tartan touches, especially the tartan lined secretary. Did you use fabric or paper to line it? I have a secretary very similar to yours that belonged to my mom. Visiting from Our Home Away From Home.
    Here's my secretary from Fall 2011. It's a little different now, of course.

  9. Beautiful room and I love your bunny and dog paintings. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. This is beautiful! I will feature it today at HSH!

  11. Love that chair! I see you also got that fabulous olive bucket...a steal, huh? Thanks so much for sharing at the Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

  12. That is beautiful!!! I could move in and be perfectly happy for years to come :^)
    Blessings to you,